Health Education as a Means of Addressing Death in the Elderly
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AuthorMartínez Heredia, Nazaret; Soriano Díaz, Andrés; Amaro Agudo, Ana; González Gijón, Gracia María
Elderly adultsHealthQuality of lifeActive ageingWell-beingEducation for deathQualitative
Martínez-Heredia, N.; Soriano Díaz, A.; Amaro Agudo, A.; González-Gijón, G. Health Education as a Means of Addressing Death in the Elderly. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6652. https:// doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126652
SponsorshipMinisterio de Educación, Ciencia y Universidades (Spain), grant number FPU15/00033
Education for death is an emerging field of study in which health education research and proposals are increasingly being made with the aim of acquiring knowledge and skills to promote positive attitudes towards health and preparation for the end of life. The aim of this study is to find out what experience older people have had with death education and the importance they give to health education. A qualitative methodological design was selected using a semi-structured interview. The survey consisted of interviews with 28 participants from the city of Granada (Spain) aged 61 to 78. This qualitative-descriptive study is based on an analysis of older people’s experience of education and preparation for death throughout their lives. The results show that, in most cases, the only information received was in childhood and always from a religious perspective. Death and health are closely related, so working on death education helps to improve the quality of life of elderly people. Health education offers ways of coping with the end of life through the transmission of values and practices that make it possible to anticipate and resolve situations of instability or anxiety. Facing death naturally and as just another part of life will help to make healthy ageing possible, through educational proposals related to the integral health of elderly people.